Speaker Series: From an Idea to a Successful Startup

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Join us on June 17 for our next Speaker Series and Dial In Directly here:


Are you an entrepreneur or hoping to be one in the future? Do you have an idea which could shake up the industry? If you are looking for advice from those who have been through this experience – this is what our Speaker Series is all about. Here is your chance to get to know some of the most respected personalities from the startup world. Founders, investors, and University of Stuttgart Alumni join us to give you unique insights into an exciting world that is waiting for your entrepreneurial spirit!


17:00: Greetings and Introduction by Hannah Boomgaarden, STARTUP AUTOBAHN powered by Plug and Play

17:05: A welcome from the University of Stuttgart by Prof. Dr. – Ing. Peter Middendorf, Professor University of Stuttgart

17:10: Keynote by a Serial Entrepreneur about building a business in Europe and taking it to the US, Andreas Rudyk, Co-Founder at Smartfrog & Canary

17:25: Local Startup Keynote by Cornelius Carl, Co-Founder at SaySom

17:35: Panel Discussion "Lets us speak together about founding a company" with Andreas and Cornelius, moderated by Prof. Dr. Alexander Brem - Professor University of Stuttgart

18:00: Goodbye and Closing Remarks

Meet the Speakers:

Andreas Rudyk, Co-Founder at Smartfrog & Canary

Andreas is a serial entrepreneur. He founded his first company, the online gaming enabler lionix, at the age of fifteen. He then founded IM Trading, a stock market newsletter publishing business, later acquired by a Swiss private equity firm. Subsequently, Andreas bootstrapped and co-founded ewido networks, a consumer cyber security company. Withover 7 million users worldwide, the business scaled rapidly to a category leader and was awarded, "Best newcomer of the year” by Digital River's ICE. In 2006, ewido merged with AVG Technologies, a leading antivirus and cybersecurity provider where Andreas led business development and later corporate development of the group worldwide. Andreas helped to grow AVG from 40 to over 110 million customers, scaling the team from 100 to 800 employees (including 450 software engineers) and taking the company public on the New York Stock Exchange in 2012. Andreas co-founded Smartfrog as a consumer IoT SaaS pioneer in 2014. The company's mission is making modern technologies useful, easy, affordable and safe—providing IoT for everyone. In 2018, the company acquired the US-based Canary Connect Inc. The two businesses were later merged into Smartfrog & Canary, headquartered in NYC. Andreas leads the group as Co-CEO. To date, the business has raised over $100M in venture funding and has achieved a 2015–2020 CAGR of 322%, becoming one of the fastest-growing category leaders.

Speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

Past speakers include: Saeed Amidi – CEO and Founder of Plug and Play, Leonardo Uriona, CEO of EKU Power Drives, Jeff Burton - Co-founder Electronic Arts, Konrad Wenzel - CEO & Founder nFrames, Veera Johnson - Co-founder Circulor, Linda Emmerich, Co-founder Emectric Tailored Batteries, Christian Bauer - CCO Volocopter GmbH, Joseph Orozco - Executive Director Entrepreneurship for the Hatchery at University of Toronto, Florian Will - Co-Founder HyBird Project, and more!

Who is Invited?

The Speaker Series was created for students. However, it is open to all those interested in developing their skills as an entrepreneur, founder, inventor and who want to learn from people who have been through this journey before.

Meet the Hosts:

Speaker Series was designed for those interested and enthusiastic about startups and mainly targeted to students and universities.

This series is co-hosted by The University of Stuttgart, ARENA2036, and STARTUP AUTOBAHN powered by Plug and Play.

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